The Port of Olympia administrative offices at 606 Columbia St. NW were vandalized over the weekend, the port announced late Monday.
Executive Director Ed Galligan said three large windows were broken and a brick wall was spray painted with a message that began with the word “No.” The rest of the message was not clear, he said.
An email sent to The Olympian on Tuesday said the remainder of the message was an acronym, “DAPL,” which stands for Dakota Access pipeline. That’s the name of a controversial oil pipeline project currently under protest in North Dakota.
A check of the property on Tuesday showed that windows have been replaced and the spray painted message scrubbed.
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“While the port has the deepest regard for citizens’ right to protest and free speech, it is most regrettable that some choose to demonstrate and express their views by the destruction of public and personal property,” Galligan said.
He said the property was likely vandalized between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday. The port notified police.
Galligan said the building’s owners were reviewing security camera images to determine who caused the damage.